This month we are launching our new “Global Product Update” series. Our community manager Moritz Naczenski explains why we created this format and what sort of topics we will be providing the community with regular updates on.
Open source is not just a description of our software, but our mindset at Shopware. This mindset determines what we do and influences every decision our company makes. Recently we have been asking ourselves how to make our development process more transparent and more accessible to our community. An internal format called “Global Product Update” in which our product managers share various development innovations with the company on a monthly basis has been in place for several months now. We would now like to make this format available to the public to provide you with in-depth insights into our development process. Here are a few typical topics that we will presenting in this format ...
A few tipical news from the Global Product Update:
#1 Features and innovations that are currently being implemented
Our public roadmap shows the current development status, as a percentage, of individual features at any given time. With this new format, you will get to see exactly what lies behind the status. In many cases, screenshots and short screen recordings with additional explanations will guide the user through the feature.
#2 Concepts currently in development
We normally tend to have a few things up our sleeve for our public roadmap. But these first need conceptualising. Once a concept has reached the stage where it can be presented, there will be a short presentation in this format that explains what it’s about and what problems it solves.
#3 Screen designs that are currently being worked on
Before we start with development, we first create screen designs. These help to improve the understanding of a feature and, of course, simplify its operation for the user. If there are screen designs for a feature, these are usually presented together with the concept.
#4 Roadmap updates
When a new item is added to the public roadmap, we will briefly introduce it here. We will also transparently communicate changes to the timeline.
#5 Changes to the release strategy
Should there be any fundamental changes to our release strategy, we will also inform you of them in a transparent manner in this format. We do, of course, have other channels such as our newsletter through which we share important information.
#6 Announcement of new versions
New bugfix versions and minor versions are of course also regularly in the starting blocks. Our core products and all extensions we offer are regularly updated. Here you will also receive information on which versions are planned.
Of course, we will not only be talking about our core product “Shopware 6”, but all forms of the product. This includes extensions for the different versions (Professional and Enterprise), the additional plugins we offer (e.g. PayPal), and our latest product “Shopware Cloud”. This format gives you unfiltered insights into our development process and the same level of information that our employees receive. But as you can probably imagine, this format is not only about informing our community, but also about getting early feedback. So please feel free to contact us if there are any topics you want us to cover, or topics you can give us input on!